Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m up on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios blog today with this sweet page of my daughter Caitlin.  For this layout, I’m using the Sugar & Spice collection for Throwback Thursday!  I just love these features, I get to dig deep into my stash and come up with fresh inspiration from an older Cocoa Vanilla collection.  For this layout, I’ve gone all the way back to the start of 2015 and one of the very first Cocoa Vanilla collections.

The inspiration for the page most definitely started with the collection.  I pulled out all the bits and pieces I had and took in the pretty soft colours.  I had a full sheet of the Journal Cards paper as well as the Dot to Dot paper and a couple of sticker sheets from an original collection pack. I also had some paper scraps, very small pieces though.  I then got to thinking about adding a cut file and remembered that there were designs released with the Colour Me Happy collection from 2016 so went about cutting some of those out on some plain white cardstock from my stash.  You can shop them here.  There are florals and titles and lots of super fun elements, well worth checking out!

At this point, I had a clean white background and some fresh cut files also in white.  I love a border on all of my layouts, so I began by cutting out the centre of the Dot to Dot paper and using the centre part to mat my photo.  The outer edge became the frame for my page.  I double matted the photo using a paper scrap of the Candy Stripes paper.  I then positioned the cut files and my photo getting the base of the design locked in.

Next, I went about finding a coordinating element from the Journal Cards paper, I’ve gone with the element that says “Beautiful Girl”, not only because of it’s colour, but the sentiment is perfect as well.  I’ve positioned that to the left of my photo, I love how it runs horizontally the same way that my photo does.  It really helps draw the eye across the page.

I knew I wanted to use a lot of the sticker elements on my page, mainly because I had so many compared to how much pattern paper I had left, you really do get a lot of elements on these sticker sheets.  I decided to really roll with the floral elements, adding them to my page to build on the feature of the cut file.  I essentially created one large cluster down the right-hand side of the page.  Some of the flowers I have mounted onto foam for dimension, others I’ve added directly to the page.

I then went on to add some of the sentiments from the sticker sheet, again using foam tape for some for dimension and interest.  I took the large sentiment ‘Beautiful’ and used that as a subtitle for my page tucked underneath the journal card and photo I positioned earlier.  I’ve also used the cute banner pieces and added some stitched detail to make my banner pop.

I was really happy with how this was all coming along but felt the page needed grounding.  It felt like it was a bunch of elements just floating in the centre of the page.  So, I took the long border strip from the Accessories Sticker sheet and trimmed a small piece from one end.  I positioned the small piece on the left of my page and the larger piece on the right-hand side.  I found this helped draw the eye from my photo on the right down and across the page past my title to the left.

At this stage, the page needed a few small finishing touches, so I’ve added in some tiny hearts, again from the sticker sheet.  I then also, grabbed a couple of very small scraps and using a steel roll die from my stash, made a paper bow, it was the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks for popping by today, I just love how this page turned out!  I hope it encourages you to dig into your stash and create something with an older collection.  If we use up the older stuff, we feel so much better about getting all the new things right?

Until next time,

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